Spot Bitcoin ETFs scoop up another 10,600 BTC on day 5

Spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers added another net 10,667 Bitcoin (BTC) to their crypto stacks on their fifth trading day amid increasing trading volumes.

Data compiled by X (formerly Twitter) account CC15Capital for Jan. 17 shows that a net $440 million in Bitcoin was added to their holdings at the end of the day. BlackRock’s ETF accounted for the lion’s share of the purchases with 8,700 BTC, worth nearly $358 million.

The data also shows that nine ETFs (excluding Grayscale) have purchased nearly 68,500 BTC since their launch, currently worth around $2.8 billion.

The recent ETF-linked Bitcoin buys were partially offset by continued outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), with 10,824 BTC worth roughly $445 million offloaded. Nearly 38,000 BTC has left GBTC since it was converted to a spot ETF on Jan. 11.

Meanwhile, data shared by Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas highlighted the “Newborn Nine” — his nickname for the new spot Bitcoin ETFs excluding the GBTC — saw a 34% jump in daily volume as of the fifth day of trading.

“Normally with a hyped-up launch you see volume steadily decrease each day post-launch, rare to see it reverse back up,” he added.

However, it should be noted that data around Bitcoin buying, as reported by ETF managers, are delayed compared to each fund’s transaction volume figures due to purchase settlement delays.

With investors piling into the new funds, the Bitcoin ETFs from BlackRock and Fidelity each tallied over $1 billion in assets under management at the close of trading on Jan. 18, per data from Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart.

Balchunas also noted that BlackRock and Fidelity’s Bitcoin ETFs are in fourth and fifth position for weekly capital inflows across all U.S. ETFs, trailing only the Vanguard 500 Index Fund ETF, which aims to mirror returns of the S&P 500 index of the 500 largest public U.S. companies.

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CC15Capital also shared that Bitwise, so far, is the only asset manager to report its Jan. 18 Bitcoin holdings, which showed it adding another 491 BTC on the day.

“+$20,000,000 into BITB today,” Bitwise CEO Hunter Horsley wrote in a Jan. 18 X post. “Grateful for the trust to steward client’s assets.”

Bitcoin saw a less than 1% decrease over Jan. 17 but has seen a slide of over $3.5% in the past 24 hours, according to Cointelegraph Markets Pro.

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